10/31/2012 01:56 pm ET Updated Oct 31, 2012

Sandy Relief: Should Obama And Romney Donate Their Campaign Money?

President Obama and Mitt Romney will spend tens of millions of dollars between now and Election Day working to win every last vote with advertisements and on-the-ground efforts. That's despite reports of presidential advertisements hitting a point of diminishing returns with each passing day. So why are the campaigns pumping money into the post-Sandy presidential campaign when, morally and even politically speaking, the money could be better used to donate to the Red Cross or other nonprofit relief efforts? A new proposal from Joshua Douglas, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law, echoing a tweet by HuffPost's Sam Stein, asks the candidates to do just that.

Douglas joined us on HuffPost Live along with HuffPost Politics' Sabrina Siddiqui and HuffPost's Paul Blumenthal, who said such a proposal is perfectly legal. Yes, Mitt Romney gave personal money to the relief effort and President Obama is coordinating the response as Commander-in-Chief. But If George W. Bush and Bill Clinton could come together in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, why can't Mitt Romney and Barack Obama reach a compromise, save some campaign cash for get-out-the-vote in the final days, but donate millions to help storm victims? Chris Christie could even play matchmaker.

Watch the HuffPost Live clip with Sabrina Siddiqui above and Joshua Douglas below and let us know what you think.



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